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Search called off for rest of Monday for missing female in Illinois River

Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 12:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014 2:11 p.m. CDT
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(Heidi Litchfield - hlitchfield@shawmedia.com)
Division 15 water rescue personnel battled flooding waters looking for the body of a missing 20 year old white female after a Bayliner pleasure craft hit the Dresden dam on Sunday.

UPDATE 1:35 P.M.

COAL CITY – Recovery efforts on the Illinois River for a missing 20-year-old female have been called off for the rest of Monday.

"We've called off the search for today, we've done all we can do upstream," Deputy Chief Bob Wills of the Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District said. "We will being another search tomorrow morning and will continue to search daily until we find her."

Authorities were called about 3:30 p.m. Sunday after a Bayliner pleasure craft became lodged in Dresden Dam gate, which is a couple miles east of Morris on the Illinois River. The search had to be halted Sunday evening due to weather and flooding. Recovery efforts had resumed Monday morning at about 9:30 a.m., but were called off at about 1 p.m.

The Coal City Fire Department rescued one person from the boat Sunday, and two others were rescued from the water by another pleasure craft; all were transported to Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers by ambulance, according to authorities.

Monday morning the search was met with difficulties due to high speeds between 7 and 14 knots on the river, by 10:20 a.m. responders only made it about halfway to the dam, Deputy Chief Jon Stratton of Plainfield Fire Protection District said from the scene that morning.

Conservation police did a sonar search of the shoreline and found nothing. Division 15 water rescue personnel also did a visual search of both shorelines of the river from the Dresden dam to Stratton Park in Morris.

"We'll do everything we can to locate her, it's dependent on the weather and the condition of the river," Wills said.

The Coast Guard was doing an aerial search and both Morris and Minooka rescue boats were in the water Monday doing a shoreline search from the dam back to Morris. No divers were in the water due to the extreme conditions of the river.

Debris also was hindering operations, Stratton said. Debris such as 25-foot long and two-foot in diameter logs were floating down the river. The river was expected to crest at 13.3 feet by 1 p.m.

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COAL CITY – Recovery efforts have resumed on the Illinois River near Coal City for a 20-year-old white female who went missing Sunday after a boating accident.

The search resumed about 9:30 a.m. Monday, but due to high speeds between 7 and 14 knots on the river, by 10:20 a.m. responders only made it about halfway to the dam, Deputy Chief Jon Stratton of Plainfield Fire Protection District said from the scene.

Authorities were called about 3:30 p.m. Sunday after a Bayliner pleasure craft became lodged in Dresden Dam gate, which is a couple miles east of Morris on the Illinois River. The search had to be halted Sunday evening due to weather and flooding.

The Coal City Fire Department rescued one person from the boat, and two others were rescued from the water by another pleasure craft; all were transported to Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers by ambulance Sunday, according to authorities.

The search has continued for the missing female.

The Coast Guard is doing an aerial search and both Morris and Minooka rescue boats are in the water doing a shoreline search from the dam back to Morris, Deputy Chief Bob Wills of the Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District said from the scene Monday. No divers are in the water due to the extreme conditions of the river.

Debris also is hindering operations, Stratton said. Debris such as 25-foot long and two-foot in diameter logs are floating down the river.

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